Matthew C. Havrda, PhD
Assistant Professor of Molecular and Systems Biology
Molecular and Systems Biology
University of Maine: Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Engineering, Ph.D.
Norris Cotton Cancer Center
Program in Experimental and Molecular Medicine
Glial Cell Biology
Rotations and Thesis Projects:
Target Validation Award: The Michael J. Fox Foundation
Dartmouth SYNERGY Scholars Award
The Hitchcock Foundation
Scientific Basis of Disease I and II (PEMM)
Neurobiology of Disease (PEMM)
Neurosciences II (PEMM)
Cancer Biology (PEMM)
Brain Tumors Elective (GSOM)
Dr. Havrda is a molecular biologist interested in characterizing neoplastic and neurodegenerative disorders of the central nervous system. He received his Ph.D. in 2006 from the Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering and is an Assistant Professor of Molecular and Systems Biology at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Throughout his career, Dr. Havrda and his team have published numerous research reports, reviews, and book chapters in the contexts of glioblastoma and Parkinson’s disease. Ongoing work in Dr. Havrda’s laboratory is focused on two main themes: The study of how the neuronal microenvironment contributes to the development of gliomas in adults and children, and the characterization of pyroptotic processes as they impact the progression of Parkinson's disease. Studies are supported by the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences, The National Institute on Aging, The Michael J. Fox Foundation, and the Jordan and Kyra Memorial Foundation.
Sponsor, NIEHS F31, Faith Anderson (PEMM)
Sponsor, NINDS F31, Katharine von Herrmann (PEMM)
Co-Sponsor, NINDS F31, Adrianna Delatorre (PEMM)
Sponsor, NINDS F31, Eileen Martinez (PEMM)
Thesis Advisor, Katharina Horn, (Dartmouth 20)
Thesis Advisor, Myung Chang Lee, (Dartmouth 18)
Plasma-borne indicators of inflammasome activity in Parkinson's disease patients.
The effect of botulinum toxin on ureteral inflammation.
Slc6a3-dependent expression of a CAPS-associated Nlrp3 allele results in progressive behavioral abnormalities and neuroinflammation in aging mice.
Characterizing the heterogeneity in 5-aminolevulinic acid-induced fluorescence in glioblastoma.
Glioma Cell Secretion: A Driver of Tumor Progression and a Potential Therapeutic Target.
Inflammasomes: An Emerging Mechanism Translating Environmental Toxicant Exposure Into Neuroinflammation in Parkinson's Disease.
NLRP3 expression in mesencephalic neurons and characterization of a rare NLRP3 polymorphism associated with decreased risk of Parkinson's disease.
Secretion-mediated STAT3 activation promotes self-renewal of glioma stem-like cells during hypoxia.
Editor's Highlight: Nlrp3 Is Required for Inflammatory Changes and Nigral Cell Loss Resulting From Chronic Intragastric Rotenone Exposure in Mice.
ID2 promotes survival of glioblastoma cells during metabolic stress by regulating mitochondrial function.